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NBC
Dec 18, 2012 6:30pm EST
. our own richard engel and his crew set free after being kidnapped for five days inside syria. tonight we'll hear from richard about what happened and how they made it out. >>> is there a deal in sight on that so-called fiscal cliff? that may hinge on how both sides define "rich." >>> and making a difference. it started as a simple idea. just being kind. tonight ann curry reports on the overwhelming response now being felt around the world. "nightly news" begins now. 6 captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> four days since the tragedy that altered our entire country, the gun lobby has spoken its first words on the subject. 9 national rifle association, routine teenl referred to as the most powerful lobbying in the country have been silent out of respect for the victims after one man took 28 lives including his own, 20 little school children in newtown, connecticut. along with mental health the gun control debate has come roar into the american conversation in addition the nra is promising to say more at a news conference at the end of the week. we begin with tom cos
NBC
Dec 18, 2012 6:00am EST
the news 4 live desk. we want to update you on the abduction of richard engel. he's now free and safe. we have new video just into the news 4 newsroom. this is richard engel being released after being kidnapped in syria. he was freed following a firefight at a checkpoint on monday. nbc news saying this morning that he was kidnapped by unidentified captors. he was held for five days along with his nbc news crew. of course, richard engel, one of our top journalists. nbc news chief foreign correspondent. what we're told from him is that he was actually crossing from syria into turkey when they were abducted. they were thrown into a truck and blindfolded and held at an undisclosed locationment engel coming out and saying thank you to everyone, these have been tough days and he's going to speak in the days ahead. i'm angie goff at the news 4 live desk. back to you. >> angie, thank you. he's no santa claus but a man in san francisco had to be rescued after he got stuck in a chimney. it happened early monday morning. he was stuck in the chimney of his apartment building which is seven storie
FOX
Dec 18, 2012 4:30am PST
dozens of bombs across the country after suffering a stroke. >>> richard engel is safe after he and his crew were held captive for five days in syria. two kidnappers were killed by assyrian rebel group. ingle and -- richard engel and his team are now okay. >> i am glad to see he is doing well. >> yes. >>> we will show you off the 80 freeway as you come off to the mcarthur maze, it looks good to the bayridge toll plaza area and if you want a good drive there are no problems on the bridge. same thing here in san jose airport area, they are doing very well. here is steve. >>> thank you. we have mostly clear skies off the coast we will have some build ups later on and the dry land has more support over land. we have 12 to 14 degrees cooler than it was this time yesterday. 26 up in tahoe. we had 54 and 55 degrees. that cold air will continue to set in. sunny and breezy as clouds build and a few showers to the north, maybe northern sonoma county, it will be in the upper 20s which would not surprise me and then friday all the way into the weekend, it looks to be ending christmas eve. >>> f
MSNBC
Dec 18, 2012 5:00am EST
dogs gives them some relief in sadness. >>> we have some good information about richard engel who was reporting in the middle east. it says after being kidnapped and held for nearly five days inside syria by an unknown group, richard engel and his production crew have been freed and unharmed. >> here is your first look at scrambled politics. as anti-gun advocates rallied, the nra took down its facebook page. the group has not commented on the school shootings in connecticut. >>> bill chummily is proposing a bill that would criminalize implementation of barack obama's 2010 health care law. >>> senator john kerry of massachusetts suspected to be president obama's choice to replace secretary of state hillary clinton, but because of the connecticut shootings the announcement will be delayed until later this week. >>> some top newspapers are complaining about the mitt romney campaign sending them bills for reporters covering the campaign. they say they were egregious charges for meals and $745 for a vice presidential debate viewing party. >>> and former italian prime minister silvia berlus
FOX News
Dec 18, 2012 12:00pm PST
released in syria, but they escaped after a firefight. we will hear from richard engel about the psychological torture he encured at the hands of the syrian regime. you take the picture. you ed it the picture. you post the picture online and now facebook's new acquisition will sell that picture without paying you or even telling you. >> a kidnapping, and days of psychological torture, a firefight between firefights and pro government thugs that is what a veteran journalists survived in war torn syria the man in question is the nbc news chief foreign affairs correspondent, richard engel who once worked here. he and his team were traveling with a group of rebels near the border with turkey and iranian-trained gunman loyal to bashar al-assad ambushed them, executed at least one of the rebels, and took them into captivity. >> they kept us blindfolded, bound, we we were not physically beaten, but psychological torture, threats of being killed, saying we would have to choose who would be shot first. >>shepard: as they were blindfolded they wondered what was going on. richard engel says
FOX
Dec 18, 2012 6:00am PST
vwdealer.com today. >>> richard engel was released after being held captive for five days. that is chief foreign correspondent richard engel and they were kidnapped last thursday, they crossed into syria from turkey and they were tied and blind folded until they were released following a gun battle at that checkpoint. >> we are very happy to be out and to be back in turkey. we love being here, we love this country and we appreciate the help. the last five days are days we would rather forget. >> richard engel speaks flaunt arabic. he said they were not physically abused and they would ask him which hostage should be shot first and when they refused there were mock shootings. >>> they sold a plane to late pop star jenny rivera have a. they were killed in that plane crash. the l.a. times reports, in 2001 a ban backed out to purchase from the same executive. they sued saying the plane was unacceptable. a public memorial was held. >>> a deal could be close and as carla campbell reports from our washington d.c. newsroom, they believe an agreement could be reached, here is more. >> reporter: t
MSNBC
Dec 18, 2012 2:30am PST
kidnapped and held for five days inside syria by an unknown group, richard engel and his production crew members have been freed unharmed. they are safely out of the country. richard one of the best reporters on the planet, covering stories from egypt to north korea and we are extremely happy to have him and his crew safe. we'll be right back. ♪ i'd like to thank eating right, whole grain, multigrain cheerios! mom, are those my jeans? [ female announcer ] people who choose more whole grain tend to weigh less than those who don't. a regular guy with an irregular heartbeat. the usual, bob? not today. [ male announcer ] bob has afib: atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem, a condition that puts him at greater risk for a stroke. [ gps ] turn left. i don't think so. [ male announcer ] for years, bob took warfarin, and made a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested. but not anymore. bob's doctor recommended a different option: once-a-day xarelto®. xarelto® is the first and only once-a-day prescription blood thinner for patients with afib not caused by a hea
NBC
Dec 18, 2012 4:30am EST
goff. >>> reports that nbc news richard engel was missing surfaced online. this is what the statement says. after being kidnapped and held for five days inside syria by an unknown group, nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel and his production crew members have been freed unharmed. we're pleased to report, they are safely out of the country. some websites earlier reported engel was missing after turkish media filed reports that the u.s. journalist along with a turkish journalist that he usually travels with and works a lot with disappeared on thursday. so some comforting news early on this tuesday. back to you. >> angie goff live for us with that breaking news. angie, thank you. >>> the time right now is 4:54. coming up, a 13-year-old girl gets her wish had her fight for equality. one toy at a time. how the makers of the easy-bake oven are making changes. >> w did you get chips for the party? nope. cheese plate? cheese plate...nope. i made something better. ♪ you used the oven? boom ♪ [ male announcer ] pillsbury crescents. let the making begin. here's a better idea.
ABC
Dec 18, 2012 6:30pm EST
reporting in. >>> and all of us in journalism is happy to report that richard engel is free and safe. he was held captive five days in syr syria. as they wrestle for power, i want to bring in abc's foreign affairs correspondent martha radda raddatz. >> reporter: they ambush bid a dozen heavily armed men. one of the rebels they were with was exkutd on the spot in front of them. they were blindfolded, hands down and threatened with death. he talked about it after he was freed this morning. >> they made us choose who would be shot first. they pretended to shoot gazi several times. >> reporter: gazi is one of the crew. they escaped at a check point after a fire fight where two of the kidnappers were killed. is still an american freelance journalist who is still hostage in syria. is this a reminder how out of control things are in syria. a conflict, as you know that has already clamd more than 40,000 lives. >> so many dangerous journeys into syria by reporters. and we think of all those who live there and who have suffered so much. thank you, martha, reporting in. we did celebrate th
NBC
Dec 18, 2012 4:00pm EST
corporate den richard engel is speaking for the first time since syrian kidnappers released him and his production team. bullets were flying as they made their escape overght in the middle of a fire fight along the northwestern boarder with turkey. this started last thursday when the news team crossed into syria from turkey. engel says at least a dozen gunmen jumped out of the reese and captured them. engel believes the kidnappers were part of syrian president al assad's regime which has been struggling to stay in power in the face of a rebel uprising twins 2011. engel described what happened after the ambush. >> reporter: they kept us blindfolded, bound, we weren't physically beaten orator toured. it was lot of psychological torture, threats of being killed, the -- kidnappers saw this checkpoint, started -- a gunfight and two of the kidnappers were killed. we climbed out of the vehicle and the rebels took us. >> my family, my brother, my parents, my wife. when we were preede yesterday, rescued by the rebels, one of the happiest moments of my life. >> nbc news says it had no contact wit
NBC
Dec 18, 2012 11:00am EST
reporter richard engel talks about being held captive for five days in syria. hear how he and his crew were kept this constant fear for their lives. i'm barbara harrison. >> and i'm keith russell. >> a true story of relief after our colleague was captured in syria. >> richard engel and his crew are safe arrest enduring psychological torture for five days in that war-torn country. angie joins us with more on this harrowing story. >> reporter: good morning. the face of nbc news known for covering some of the world's most dangerous stories found himself in the headlines after disappearing with his crew in syria. >> i'm very happy that we're able to do this shot this morning. >> we're in good health, we're okay. >> reporter: on the "today" show after a terrifying five days of being captive. earlier this morning we got our first glimpse and he talked about the traumatic experience. >> we were with some gunmen, rebels who were escorting us. theyxecuted one of them on the spot and they kept us blindfolded, bound. we were not physically beaten or tortured. it was a lot of psychological torture
ABC
Dec 18, 2012 12:00pm EST
kidnappers in syria after a dramatic fire fight. -- richard engel. there were held captive five days. the entire crew was found unharmed and the team is now in turkey. >> a new word about federal fines against toyota. the government has led to a 17.4 million fine against the automaker for failing to report safety problems and allaying recalls. it is the highest fine allowed by law. four fines totalled has been given in the past few years for similar infractions. >> friday marks the end of the mayan calendar and some people believe it is doomsday. the army are and -- owner of an army surplus store in dallas says that his customers have been preparing for years stockpiling gas masks and building bunkers. but there's no cause for alarm. >> the maya did not predict an end to the world, but they predicted things would go on for thousands of years after 2012 >> . we will have to wait until friday to see what happens. still ahead, a final look at the weather. >> we cannot complain. that's the one thing you have to say. >> not at all. i think we should celebrate. >> it's kind of crazy. a cou
CBS
Dec 18, 2012 6:30pm EST
news correspondent richard engel is free from his captors in syria. we'll have that story next. wit. the usual, bob? not today. [ male announcer ] bob has afib: atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem, a condition that puts him at greater risk for a stroke. [ gps ] turn left. i don't think so. [ male announcer ] for years, bob took warfarin, and made a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested. but not anymore. bob's doctor recommended a different option: once-a-day xarelto®. xarelto® is the first and only once-a-day prescription blood thinner for patients with afib not caused by a heart valve problem, that doesn't require routine blood monitoring. like warfarin, xarelto® is proven effective to reduce the risk of an afib-related stroke. there is limited data on how these drugs compare when warfarin is well managed. no routine blood monitoring means bob can spend his extra time however he likes. new zealand! xarelto® is just one pill a day, taken with the evening meal. and with no dietary restrictions, bob can eat the healthy foods he likes. do not stop t
MSNBC
Dec 18, 2012 6:00pm EST
. more bush. why? because it worked so well the last time? and richard engel's dramatic escape from captivity in syria in his own words. you're watching "politicsnation" on msnbc. try running four.ning a restaurant is hard, fortunately we've got ink. it gives us 5x the rewards on our internet, phone charges and cable, plus at office supply stores. rewards we put right back into our business. this is the only thing we've ever wanted to do and ink helps us do it. make your mark with ink from chase. >>> have you joined the "politicsnation" conversation on facebook yet? we hope you will. this photo of a newtown, connecticut, student smiling on his way back to school was inspiring a lot of folks today. mary says this shows how brave they are and how loved and secure they feel. good job, parents and community. buddy says that's why we have to provide a world that keeps them safe. we'll have more on what's being done to help keep them safe coming up next. but first we wanted to hear what you think on this issue or anything else. please head over to facebook and search "politicsnation" and
MSNBC
Dec 18, 2012 1:00pm EST
. chief foreign correspondent richard engel, producer gazi and john questra from kidnappers in syria where they had been held out of communication for five long days and nights. we first heard from richard last night and waited to hear that he and the team had crossed the border into tshgy. they had been blind fold and bound and only broke free after their candidate kidnappers came into contact with a rebel militia leading to a fierce firefight. here's richard engel describing the moments before their kidnapping on the "today" show this morning. >> we were driving in syria about five days ago in what we thought was a rebel-controlled area. we were with some of the rebels, and as we were moving down the road, a group of gunmen just literally jumped out of the trees and bushes on the side of the road. there were probably 15 gunmen. they were wearing ski machx. they were heavily armed. they dragged us out of the car. they had a container truck positioned waiting by the side of the road. they put us into that container truck. we were with some gunmen, some rebels who were escorting us. t
NBC
Dec 18, 2012 6:00pm EST
>>> nbc news correspondent richard engel explains what happened after he was kidnapped in syria for five days. good evening. i'm doreen gentzler. >> i'm jim vance. our top story at 6:00 tonight students went back to the classroom in newtown, connecticut. while more families laid more victims to rest. in the words of one high school senior, there's going to be no joy in school today. meanwhile, one elementary school in town did not open after the school received some sort of threat. the district was not taking any chances. also, as the morning continues the focus now turns to gun control. today the white house says president barack obama is actively supportive of efforts on capitol hill to reinstate an assault weapons ban. nbc's jay gray joins from us connecticut with more on the young lives buried way too soon. >> reporter: yeah, good to talk to you. as you talk about another rough day. first graders from sandy hook elementary all gathered again to lay to rest two more of their classmates while students from other schools here went back to class for the first time since the tragedy.
MSNBC
Dec 18, 2012 9:00am PST
colleague richard engel safely out of syria. a lot coming up next. andrea richel reports. stay with us. with scottrader streaming quotes, any way you want. fully customize it for your trading process -- from thought to trade, on every screen. and all in real time. which makes it just like having your own trading floor, right at your fingertips. [ rodger ] at scottrade, seven dollar trades are just the start. try our easy-to-use scottrader streaming quotes. it's another reason more investors are saying... is the same frequent heartburn treatment as prilosec otc. now with a fancy coating that gives you a burst of wildberry flavor. now why make a flavored heartburn pill? because this is america. and we don't just make things you want, we make things you didn't even know you wanted. like a spoon fork. spray cheese. and jeans made out of sweatpants. so grab yourself some new prilosec otc wildberry. [ male announcer ] one pill each morning. 24 hours. zero heartburn. satisfaction guaranteed or your money back. sfwlimplts right now on andrea mitchell reports, on safe ground. our colleague r
MSNBC
Dec 18, 2012 11:00am PST
past 24 hours, nbc chief foreign correspondent richard engel and his team rescued after being held inside syria for five days. more of what richard and his team say happened in that war zone. join our conversation on twitter. very sore looking kinda blistery. it was like a red rash... like somebody had set a bag of hot charcoal on my neck. i was a firefighter for 24 years. but, i have never encountered such a burning sensation until i had the shingles. i remember it well. i was in the back yard doing yard work. i had this irritation going on in my lower neck. i changed shirts because i thought there was something in the collar of the shirt irritating my neck. and i couldn't figure out what was going on. i had no idea it came from chickenpox. i always thought shingles was associated with people... a lot older than myself. i can tell you from experience, it is bad. it's something you never want to encounter. for more of the inside story, visit shinglesinfo.com >>> on capitol hill today, john boehner unveiled what house republicans call plan "b," a plan the white house rejected immedi
NBC
Dec 18, 2012 9:00am EST
tamron hall at the news desk. >> our nbc colleagues, chief foreign correspondent richard engel and his crew are safe this morning in turkey after they were kidnapped and held inside syria for five days. they were freed last night with an incredible story to tell. engel said they were taken at gunpoint following a deadly firefight while traveling with syrian rebels last week. >> they kept us blindfolded, bound. we weren't physically beaten or tortured. it was a lot of psychological torture. threats of being killed. they made us choose which one of us would be shot first. and when we refused, there were mock shootings. they pretended to shoot gazi several times. blindfolded -- and then they fire the gun up in the air, it can be very traumatic experience. >> during the ordeal, i made -- i made amends with my maker. i made good with my maker. i made good with myself. i was prepared to die. >> richard says he believes his captors were members of a militia loyal to syrian president bashar al assad and that they were planning to use him and his crew in a prisoner exchange. all were freed afte
NBC
Dec 18, 2012 5:00am EST
. since we first reported about the kidnapping of richard engel, we've learned new details. nbc news saying that the chief foreign correspondent along with his crew was freed from his captors in syria. engel was kidnapped and held for five days and eventually freed in syria after a firefight at a checkpoint on monday. nbc news has come out and said we're pleased to report they are safely out of the country. the captors were unidentified and were not believed to be assad loyalists. they didn't ask for money or a ransom of any kind. engel and his crew, this is new background information we got, disappeared shortly after crossing into northwest syria from turkey on thursday. we're being told he was abducted, the crew was blindfolded, they were tossed in the back of a truck and brought to an undisclosed location. the good news is they're saying that no one was physically harmed. the network did not have contact actually with engel or any members of his crew until he was freed on monday. that's the latest. now back to you. >> breaking news here at home. police in prince george's county cu
FOX
Dec 18, 2012 6:00am EST
been free. the richard engel and his team were captured last week. their release came yesterday during a fire fight ate a checkpoint. they are now out of syria. -- an nbc correspondent and his crew abducted for five days have been freed. en freed. richard engel and his team were captured last week. week. >>> the longest serving u.s. senator has died. hawaii's daniel inouye is being remembered by senate colleagues and president obama says he remembered inouye as a, quote, true american hero. back in 1941, inouye saw japanese planes bombing pearl harbor. he lost his right arm in the war and was awarded the medal of honor. he served in the sippet from 1963 until he died yesterday of -- he served in the senate from 1963 until he died yesterday of respiratory complications at walter reed. t stay with us. we'll be right back. k.  oh, you have a keurig vue brewer? oh, it's great! now i can brew my coffee just the way i love it. how do you do that? well, inside the brewer, there's this train that's powerful enough to carry more coffee and fresh water to make coffee that's stronger and
MSNBC
Dec 18, 2012 12:37pm PST
, we did have a moment of relief as we all learned that nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel and his crew are all free and safe. he and his crew were kidnapped thursday morning in syria. they were released late last night and richard described the harrowing ordeal this morning and from all of us at "the cycle," richard, we are so glad you're okay. >> we were with gunmen, rebels. they executed one of them on the spot. they took us to a series of safehouses and interrogation places. we weren't physically beaten or tortured. it was a lot of psychological tour which you are. threats of being killed. we were in the back of what you would think of as a minivan and as we were driving along the road, the kidnappers saw this checkpoint. started a gun fight with it, two of the kidnappers were killed. we climbed out of the vehicle and the rebels took us. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] it started long ago. the joy of giving something everything you've got. it takes passion. and it's not letting up anytime soon. if you're eligible for medicare, you might know it only covers about 80% of
NBC
Dec 18, 2012 7:00am EST
>>> good morning. breaking news. nbc's richard engel and his crew freed overnight after a dramatic firefight in syria. they had been kidnapped and held for five days. this morning, they are with us live and will tell us what happened. >>> everyday hero. she was the principal who laid down her life for her students in the tragic school shooting in connecticut. what her daughter wants the world to know about her mother. >>> and a deal in sight this morning. republicans and democrats could be closer than ever to an agreement on the fiscal cliff today. tuesday, december 18th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today," with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a tuesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm david gregory in for matt this morning. we've had some terrible news to cover recently. we have such great news this morning that we can share with everyone. our friend and colleague richard engel and his team have been freed unharmed and there they are. we look forward to talking to all of them to find
FOX News
Dec 18, 2012 10:00am PST
megyn: we are getting new information on the capture of richard engel from nbc news. he's describing how the rebels kept him and his team tide and beat up. they made them choose which one would be shot first and then held mock shootings. we'll ha this in a live report in moment. the president's healthcare overhail was based on a critical net work of state exchanges. an online site that would help you figure out what plan you might be available for and how much it would cost you. all that takes bodies and resources. the states were supposed to do it. but the majority of state are saying they are not going to do it or at a minimum they want to partner with the federal government to do it. so there is a lot more work here for uncle sam than they anticipated when they passed this bill and when they funded this bill. where does that leave us today? less myanmar shawl and lars larson. the feds are saying we are going to subsidize health insurance for the people who can't afford it. it's like an orbitz. you go online. megyn kelly new york, how old are you -- you can like the up. medical bac
PBS
Dec 18, 2012 5:30pm EST
pakistan. for more news about the world, chief correspondent for nbc, richard engel, and members of his production crew have been freed from syria after being held captive for five days. they came under fire at a rebel checkpoint on monday. he said his captors talked openly about their loyalty to president assad. under hospital care after 4 -- after a stroke. there is discussion about whether to fly president talabani abroad for treatment appeared correct -- portrait and. -- for treatment. and pres. zuma and won comfortably, but many people question his role following allegations of corruption. jonathan edwards report. >> it could be the first world -- clean, tidy, prosperous. south africa's black middle class is now 3 million strong. this place is where the anc was founded a century ago. today, its leaders enjoy all the trappings of the area as they turn up for their conference. the anc remains remarkably relaxed, not even the discovery of a white extremist bomb plot has upset them. still, all is not well with the party. the president, jacob zuma, is being challenged by his deputy.
CNN
Dec 18, 2012 9:00am EST
production crew are safely out of syria. nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel and his crew disappeared thursday after crossing into northwest syria from turkey. this morning he told the "today" show how they were all finally set free. >> at the end of this, we were being moved to yet another location in the later around 11:00 last night local time and as we were moving along the road the kidnappers came across a rebel checkpoint, something they hadn't expected so we were in the back of what you'd think of as a mini van and as we were driving along the road the kidnappers saw this checkpoint, started a gun fight with it. two of the kidnappers were killed, they climbed out of the vehicle and the rebels took us. we spent the night with them, we didn't get much sleep. >> ivan watson joins us from istanbul, turkey. ivan, who were these kidnappers and why did they take me see journalists? >> well, according to richard engel's statement this was a shabiha pro-government militia made up of shiite muslims and it gives you a sense of how chaotic the situation has gotten inside syria.
WETA
Dec 18, 2012 6:00pm EST
in pakistan. for more news about the world, chief correspondent for nbc, richard engel, and members of his production crew have been freed from syria after being held captive for five days. they came under fire at a rebel checkpoint on monday. he said his captors talked openly about their loyalty to president assad. under hospital care after 4 -- after a stroke. there is discussion about whether to fly president talabani abroad for treatment appeared correct -- portrait and. -- for treatment. and pres. zuma and won comfortably, but many people question his role following allegations of corruption. jonathan edwards report. >> it could be the first world -- clean, tidy, prosperous. south africa's black middle class is now 3 million strong. this place is where the anc was founded a century ago. today, its leaders enjoy all the trappings of the area as they turn up for their conference. the anc remains remarkably relaxed, not even the discovery of a white extremist bomb plot has upset them. still, all is not well with the party. the president, jacob zuma, is being challenged by his depu
MSNBC
Dec 18, 2012 10:00am PST
militia leading to a fierce firefight. here's richard engel describing the moments before their kidnapping on the "today" show this morning. >> we were driving in syria about five days ago in what we thought was a rebel-controlled area. we were with some of the rebels, and as we were moving down the road, a group of gunmen just literally jumped out of the trees and bushes on the side of the road. there were probably 15 gunmen. they were wearing ski machx. they were heavily armed. they dragged us out of the car. they had a container truck positioned waiting by the side of the road. they put us into that container truck. we were with some gunmen, some rebels who were escorting us. they executed one of them on the spot. then they took us to a series of safehouses and interrogation places. >> well, nbc news has no confirmation of the identity of those kidnappers. richard engel, of course, a veteran correspondent, says he has a good sense of who they were. >> this was a group known as the shabiha. this is a government militia. these are people who are loyal to president bashir al ass
CBS
Dec 18, 2012 5:00am PST
kidnappers for five days. the network announced this morning that richard engel and three coworkers were released unharmed in syria. nbc had kept the abduction under wraps out of concern for his safety. the identities of the kidnappers and their motives are still unknown. >>> here we are 7 minutes after 5:00 on this tuesday morning. lawrence is on assignment today. and standing in the hardest working woman in showbiz, ladies and gentlemen, here's elizabeth with the latest. >> guess where she is going to be today! [ laughter ] >> yeah, we're in the weather center today. and so far, the biggest story is that the temperature is really cold outside. temperatures are on average about 10 degrees cooler than what we saw yesterday. check out the north bay readings. 38 degrees in santa rosa. 40 in concord. 42 in livermore. so yeah, as you step outside you'll really notice the difference. it's because of an area of low pressure bringing cold breezy conditions for the most part the rain that we saw yesterday having moved east. we could still see a few lingering showers mainly along the coast. the r
NBC
Dec 18, 2012 5:00pm EST
correspondent richard engel for the first time since he and his production team escaped from kidnappers in syria. they were ambushed after crossing the country from turkey last thursday. >> as we were moving down the road, a group of gunmen just literally jumped out of the reese and bushes on the side of the road. probably about 15 gunmen. they kept us blindfolded, bound, we weren't physically beaten orator toured. a lot of psychological torture. threats of being killed and they made us choose which one of us would be shot first. when we refused they were there were mock shootings. as we were driving along the road the kidnappers saw this checkpoint, started a gunfight with it and would of the kidnappers were killed. we climbed out of the vehicle and the rebels took us. >> nbc news said there was no claim of responsibility. no contact with the captors and no request for ransom during the time the crew was missing. of course, the entire nbc family is tremendously relieved that richard and the rest of our colleagues are safe. >> richard, as you know, is widely respected for his reporting aro
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Dec 18, 2012 4:00pm EST
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teachers, principals, and campus security guards to be armed is beyond obscene and beneath contempt. more guns with amateurs firing every which way surely would have meant more dead children and more grieving families. you know, coming first is what america is all about, but this is one record that no civilized nation should ever wish to hold, and this country has held it for far, far too long. thanks so much for watching this afternoon. chris matthews and "hardball" is next. >>> ensure the domestic t tranquility. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in new york. let me start tonight by talking about america. the preamble of our constitution addresses two areas of security. one is to provide for the common defense against foreign enemies. the second is to ensure domestic tranquility from violence from within. it's hard to imagine the congress ignoring first of these imperatives. tragically, we can't say the same about attacks on the country's domestic tranquility. what has the congdon to protect the country? nothing. here is the question, when will we refuse as citizens to settle for, accept, live with a congress that fails to act in the face of such a demonstrated vuler inability. if not now, after this, when? next week? next month? next year? next what? and if not us, who in this world will demand action to protect americans? joining me now is u.s. senator dick durbin of illinois. i want to read something from you which is very impressive and it's in the op-ed pages of "the chicago tribune." quote, what holds us back are political organizes that are well-funded, well-organized, and determined to resist even reasonable limb tathss. there's a close political parallel between the gridlock in washington on dealing with our economy and national debt and the eerie silence in congress as the list of horrific gun crimes grows by the day. senator durbin, thank you. i know you have got a good heart on this as well as a good head about fiscal matters. what's wrong with the congress when it comes to protecting, ensuring the domestic tranquility? >> well, there's a legitimate concern about our second amendment, chris. you understand that part. but there's also a very strong political force that is trying to push forward, primarily for the dealers and manufacturers h an agenda that will sell more firearms and more sophisticated firearms, more expensive firearms, and that is really dominated the scene. if you asked who is the head of the alcohol, tobacco and firearms division of the department of division, you would have to learn unfortunately that for literally years there's not been a head. the nra and gun lobbyist successfully even stopped the basic organization in charge of enforcement of our gun laws in america. >> when the late charlton heston would run that ad for the nra, he would wave some old musket near and say from my cold dead hands which i thought was awful to begin with. the absolute nature of that demand that they hold onto the gun, but he never waved an ak-47 never showed a 30-round clip in the air with a big banana. people don't think of that as really american revolution era. they think about that as state of the art mass killing. >> of course it is. and those are military weapons. military assault weapons. and, you know, thank goodness law enforcement turned up in newtown when it did or the list of children who had been killed and teachers would have been much, much longer. think about what happened in aurora, colorado. that man stood in front of a crowded theater spraying that audience with one of these assault weapons and the only thing that stopped him emptying the 100 cartridges that he had to shoot was it jammed. if it hadn't jammed, the death toll would have been even higher. it's not hopeless though. you talked about the second amendment, but, look, back in 1934 when we had machine gun kelly and all the guys in chicago, we had the whole prohibition era encouraging a certain kind of crime, rum running, et cetera, here is the question. back then the congress had the guts to outlaw automatic weapons, machine guns. basically they did. they were heavily regulated. almost to the point of you don't find them around. here is the question, why can't congress do the same thing with semiautomatics? i know we have got millions of them and can't we start to regulate? we don't have to regulate a shotgun or a regular pistol with a revolver or anything but if you go into the semiautomatic level, why don't we say that's like the automatic level? just go with that? >> i can tell you this, chris -- >> the courts would have to approve it because they approved the earlier one, didn't they? isn't there a precedent. >> even after the heller decision the supreme court told us there were reasonable limits that congress could impose when it came to firearms. there are two groups that i think are essential to the success of this effort. first, sportsmen and hunters. let me tell you, chris, i know plenty of them in my family and all around downstate illinois. they're good people. they're good citizens. they hate what happened in newtown, connecticut, as much as we do. we need them as part of this conversation. and the second group that has to step up is law enforcement. there was a time when they spoke out against these terrible weapons of death. we need them again to be part of this conversation. >> well, i would ask why would anybody out there want the criminal to be heavier armed than the policeman. he's got a little 9 millimeter or .38 police special and somebody comes in with an assault rifle. let's go back to the sportsmen. do you think the sportsmen you know and are organized in illinois, do you think they would support a limit on the number of rounds in a clip? >> i think they would. you look at the polls of sportsmen and hunters, people who own guns for those purposes and self-defense overwhelmingly they're for reasonable limitations. you ask them pointblank, should we have a background check to make sure that unstable individuals don't get their hands on a firearm and they say of course. why would we want that to happen? there is a common ground here. but we need to hear their voices. many are speaking for them in washington who really don't understand their values. >> let me ask you about the comparison you drew because i hope we're in the 11th hour of the fiscal crisis, fiscal cliff debates and negotiations. tell me about that parallel between the unwillingness to deal with -- you very courageously supported simpson/bowles it seems people on the left and rye have a hard time making those kind of compromises. how is that similar to what we're dealing with in the gun issue? >> you worked around here, you know how this works. people go back to their home districts and people in the gun lobbies will say, listen, we have a scorecard here and we're going to watch every single vote and you better be right, buddy. you better score an "a" or we're going to defeat you in the next election. it's the same mentality that grove the grover norquist pledge. you pledge i'll be there with with an "a" no matter what. i can't tell you how many times i have looked at my colleagues in the eye after they cast one of these crazy goats on guns and they shrug their shoulders sand ai live in a pretty conservative area. the honest answer is even in conservative areas people are sensible and rational and if we come up with something that's reasonable that doesn't inhibit basic sportsmen and hunters and self-defense, we're going to have sfrong support across party lines. >> governor adlai stevenson of illinois once said it's the duty of leaders to lead. thank you very much, dick durbin. you're a leader. >>> we m is dana milbank. dana, thank you. you're a sarcastic fellow and i enjoy that in you but let's get to the heart of this thing. what's wrong with the congress? why can't it do anything? i want to read from your column. if you leave the current national mood will be the same you have another thing coming. are we in a mood of change, of demand. that action can be taken? number of bullets of rounds in a clip. do we really want to have a kid, a crazy person wantering around with a clip of 30 bullets in it especially bullets ha have been worked on to make sure they explode as widely as possible inside the human body? >> chris, i mean, this is one of those issues that defies any sarcasm or irony, and it does sort of just bring out anger, and i was writing today about, you know, the president saying in the coming weeks. now, that's perfectly sensible on the one hand to say that he's going to take action in the coming weeks and to ask his cabinet to come up with proposals. we've got christmas coming, we've got the fiscal cliff debate. but we've seen this movie before, and what happens is the nra and its allies are back on their heels. some action could be taken. then they regain their balance and by the time people get around to doing something like reinstating the assault weapons ban, the support is gone for it. and you see it happening. the nra is saying they're going to have their roll out of whatever their announcement is going to be on friday. you can be sure they're not going to say let's reduce the magazine capacity and have an assault weapons ban. >> they're going to do something on mental illness funding. >> of course. >> they're going to hide from the gun issue so far you won't believe it. >> of course. the republicans who have not -- who have been kind of quiet are going to rally around that point of view. some of the program democrats we have had about a half dozen in the senate have come out and said, well, maybe we'll be open to something. they're going to be reined back in, too. if you don't seize the initiative, if you don't take advantage of when the nra is back on its heels, this isn't going to happen and we're going to be dealing with the same thing in a few months. >> here is a smart senator talking, mark warner from virginia, a moderate democrat. he's joined the chorus of pro-gun democrats who is willing to look at changes in gun safety. let's listen to the senator from virginia. >> i believe every american has second amendment rights and that the ability to hunt is part of our culture. i have had an nra rating of an "a," but, you know, enough is enough. i have got -- i'm father of three daughters, and this weekend they all said, dad, you know, how can this go on? and i like i think most of us realize that there are ways to get to rational gun control. there are ways to grapple with the obvious challenges of mental illness. >> those wonderful words in the bible about you must become like a child. the interesting approach and i was thinking in so many cases in recent history you have seen the young in this country, the people under 30, for example, who have led the way on issues like same-sex marriage, on issues like even obama's election to the presidency and so many cases. do you think this is an area where young kids are going to say to their parents, get over this nra fixation, be loyal to us kids, not to them? >> i think that's exactly what we're hearing now and that's why you heard joe manchin from west virginia saying the same thing. you had harry reid, who is quite pro-gun out there making some favorable noise. a lot of these incoming democratic senators. the question is how long can you sustain that action? we've seen in -- >> i'm with you on that, brother. i know the problem of passion, the people on the far right on the nra front never lose their passion. they think about it every day of their lives. they go to bed at night and put their heads on the pillow afraid somebody is going to take that gun away this them. normal people have other interests like their spouses, like their lives, their children, and even their generalized politics isn't all driven by one issue. >> well, what we've seen is this congress operates under crisis. it requires a crisis, a fiscal crisis, an international crisis to create any sort of an action that's going on. the only way you beat back a special interest group, it's no coincidence that grover norquist of the tax pledge is also on the board of the nra. the only way you beat back this is with focusing public attention like a laser. i just have a feeling if we wait for dianne feinstein to introduce her assault weapons ban in january, we're all going to be talking about something else. >> i think you're smart. thank you dana milbank. >>> coming up president obama and house speaker john boehner meet again at the white house and the two sides are inching closer to a deal on the cliff. the hart pardon of both men will be selling the deal to their own people. >>> plus the national rifle association has gone originally silent news the newtown massacre. are they laying low hoping the country's outrage subsides? they're high ber nating. we'll see what they're up to. >>> new details from the 2012 election. yes now know how the obama campaign responded behind the scenes after the president bombed in that first debate. we've got the authors of politico's new ebook on the campaign's >>> let me finish with why no one on the right ever blames president obama or any president for these shooting sprees, because they don't want them to do anything about them. this is "hardball," the place for politics. meet the 5-passenger ford c-max hybrid. when you're carrying a lot of weight, c-max has a nice little trait, you see, c-max helps you load your freight, with its foot-activated lift gate. but that's not all you'll see, cause c-max also beats prius v, with better mpg. say hi to the all-new 47 combined mpg c-max hybrid. >>> we're thrilled to report right now some very good news from the middle east. our nbc colleague, the great chief foreign correspondent richard engel and his crew are free after being held captive in syria for five days. they were abducted by a group of gunman after they drove through what they thought was rebel controlled territory. they escaped during a fire fight and they safely reached turkey today. this morning on the "today" show engel described the kinds of things he and his crew were subjected to by their kidnappers. >> they kept us blindfolded, bound. we weren't physically beaten or tortured. it was a lot of psychological torture, threats of being killed. they made us choose which one of us would be shot first and when we refused, there were mock shootings. >> mock shootings. richard engel is back with us. he's one of the best reporters around the world regularly risking his life to report from war zones across the middle east. we're very happy he's safe and sound tonight, and we'll be right back. i always wait until the last minute. can i still ship a gift in time for christmas? 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[ male announcer ] break from the holiday stress. ship fedex express by december 22nd for christmas delivery. >>> welcome back to "hardball." by most accounts the to sides in the fiscal cliff talks are moving closer and closer to striking a deal. well, can they do it on time? look, see where the sides stand right now. on the one hand you have president obama proposing a new revenues of $1.2 trillion, that's 1.2 and spending cuts of the same, $1.2 trillion. the offer from speaker boehner is not far off. he's proposing a revenue increase of just $1 trillion and $1 trillion in spending cuts. he's a smaller package than the president. in terms of who would pay their tax rates, see them go up to the clinton level rates, president obama's latest offer talks about people making over $40,000. he's moved up from $250,000 to $400,000. 1350eker boehner wants those tax hikes to affect only people making over $1 million. are the differences bridgeable. ? kelly o'donnell, it's a great question. is this arithmetic ahead of us or does one side have to do better than the other in terms of closing in on the middle ground? >> reporter: all the dance we're seeing does give us some signs of optimism. both sides seem to be making some concessions. the loudest voices of complaint tend to be coming from people not directly in the room. we're hearing good things from the white house and the speaker's office about the potential for a deal but still it's tense. what you have with republicans is a change sort of in tone when they are now framing this issue as tax increases will happen january 1st as being baked in in the words of the speaker so the strategy for republicans is to try to save as many americans from a tax increase as possible. that's where you get the $1 million threshold. the white house came back, of course, at $400,000, and perhaps you can see they aren't in numbers that far off. the details, of course, are difficult. we expect that there will be a house vote on the ideas put forward by the speaker, the so-called plan "b" on thursday. that's a way to sort of put a marker in the sand of what can be passed through the house. that is both a message idea as well as a tactical move to try to send a signal to the white house of what might be achievable in dealing with the house of representatives. >> but won't the republicans just all vote for the million dollar cutoff and then say that's the best deal we can get? i hate to be cynical but they'll obviously choose the softer way out only affecting a few people. there's only, what, 400,000 people in the country that make $1 million a year. so that's a nicer crowd to go after than to go after the far larger crowd. so won't they just try to signal the easy way out and then say that's the only way out? >> reporter: well, by taking the vote in two steps, one on the threshold of $250,000 where the president originally set it and a vote on the $1 million level, they'll try to make the argument that the 250 cannot pass. and by doing that they hope to move a little bit further. it's part of the strategy. we expect that it will be busy the next few days, but there are still signs of optimism. some democrats have said this plan "b" idea is really boehner backing away from the talks. they are sort of saying that it is likely he will step away as he did during the debt ceiling. republicans are saying, no, they're still working at it, but this is i think the time where they're just trying to make the moves to see who is dancing around the ring and can land a better punch. >> merry christmas, kelly. >> merry christmas and happy, chris. >> thanks, dear. i think we're going to make it. i have been saying this for a while. i think the grown-ups will be grown-ups. we have the former chair of the republican national committee and machines political analyst michael steele, also democratic strat chris kofinis. michael, do you think the two parties will agree to release people and their parties, the mott rads and the center left and center right to cut a deal and not require everybody to vote in lock step in the two parties? >> i do, chris. i think that's part of the strategy that boehner and the president, quite frankly, have been putting in place. from what i understand, the white house and boehner through the speaker's office have already begun to lay down that patchwork for nancy pelosi to bring some people to the center and for boehner to do the same. part of that, as kelly just mentioned, was the plan "b." we set the outliers, $1 million. the president raised his number from $250,000 to $400,000. they're feeling out where in their caucus then begin to pull those votes to get this deal done, so, you know, it's really interesting, but it's an opportunistic moment for both of these gentlemen and i think they're playing their cards pretty well so far. >> what's the deal breaker on the liberal side, chris? what is it that you would find if it breaks, the deal doesn't hold over the weekend or through the weekend, on the liberal side, is it the pressing around with the cpi for social security, carving that down a bit, the payments you get when they adjust it for inflation? is that the hardest thing to sell if you're the president to the left? >> you know, if the art of compromise is about sharing pain, it all depends on how much pain you're willing to accept. i think for those on the left, you know, cpi is going to be a very difficult pill to swallow. if nothing else, i mean, i know from my time on the hill, you know, the arp responded pretty strongly when that came up in any kind of discussions. and so you're going to have people i think mobilize. i think it depends how the numbers are structured and where, you know, where is this revenue coming from and how is the cpi itself is structured. so the devil is in the details here -- >> but arp is going to oppose anything that cuts anything at any time. that's what they get paid for. let's be honest. they're 23409 there for fairness. they're there as lobbyists for people over 50 years of age. >> there's no question about that. i think the problem is they also have, as we know, enormous political sway and so i think the question is for those members of congress who are going to vote on this, they have to decide how they're going to balance it, especially on the left, because at the end 69 day, i don't think so anybody wants us to go over the cliff but they also want a deal -- >> i know people on the left that would like to dance on that cliff for years. they just love that cliff. let me ask you, mike, some people just like trouble. let me go to this, michael. you're laughing. what is the hardest thing for your side, the center right and right, to buy. is it to cut that threshold down to say $450,000 or somewhere around in there where the president can say, okay, it doesn't raise as much revenue but it's more fair than what we got? >> i think that's part of it, chris, and i really think, and you and i have talked about this before, that for a lot of my conservative friends and myself included is, you know, what does the other side give? what are the spending cuts, real spending cuts, substantive spending cuts that are going to make a difference. you didn't lose sight of this as part of this deal. it goes to what you were talking about with cpi and other aspects of the deal that are pieces that can be put in play like a puzzle -- >> you're opening the door to a little game on their side. if they yell, oh, you're killing me, mr. bill, you're killing me, you're killing me, and if it really seems to hurt, then you will say that's what we wanted. we want nancy pelosi writhing on the house floor and then we feel that we've got somewhere. i get your point. i agree with you. i think the democrats not speaking for you completely, chris, but my theory is they want to see teeth marks in the necks of what's his name, grover norquist crowd. they want him to hurt this week. thank you, michael steele. thank you, chris kofinis. up next, return of the birthers, what is in the water in arizona that would once again cause the state's officials to question president obama's being born in the united states? 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a moment mior michael nutter of philadelphia will be with us. he's the head of the united states conference of mayors and mark glaze is executive director of mayors against illegal guns. you work strongly with the effort to try to reduce the number of guns. let's talk about the nra, the nemesis out there. >> right. >> they have been playing pos cup. they very nicely put out a press release saying they're very concerned and they've been trying to be sensitive but they're up to something. i have a sense they're not going to do nothing about gun control. they will probably talk about mental illness, a legitimate concern, but nothing to do with guns. >> this is the way they always do it. what are they going to say. we have systematically whittled away even gun restrictions that nra members want to the point where there are more guns on the street than people. it's not a nice thing to say after a tragedy. the other thing to be aware of is it's not just the nra out there saying we have to make this about better mental health care. as you say, that's absolutely true, but when you hear democrats on the hill immediately turning to we have to care for the sick, they're right, about you they're also avoiding the topic. the topic is congress has been absent interest duty and -- >> let me shake you with this. here is a guy we had on last night, larry pratt. i read his op-ed in usa today yesterday. he's the executive director of a group called the gun owners of america which sounds like just gun owners but listen to explanation of why he supports gun rights. it's rooted in his belief that it's a way to fight the government. let's watch. would this be a less free country if you couldn't have an assault rifle? >> yeah, because we have guns fundamentally protected by the second amendment. >> wait a minute -- >> to control the government. >> we have guns in order to control the government. >> not just the right to use guns to protect your home, it's the right to use guns to take on your government. >> the government has been overboard. >> these are people who think of themselves in the lager as the whites used to say in south africa. some day the government is coming. they're not worrying about a due data. a popular government. i must be heavily armed and ready to fight the government with semiautomatic weapons which maybe i can convert to automatic when i have to. >> right. >> this isn't about hunting. this isn't about having personal protection. it's not about having a shotgun in case somebody tries to break in. this is about making war. this isn't this called sedition. >> the nra, this isn't new stuff. the nra, a high ranking official, said as much in 1990, that this is not about defense -- or this is not about hunting. this is not just about defense of the home and we should be honest about that. this is about protecting ourselves from the government if we ever need to. >> you know, mayor nutter, michael nutter, i'm very proud to have him on, mayor nutter. the idea of the constitution which we can read, it's right in there, you have a right to a musket because you have to be of a militia. militias are the people who are supposed to be carrying out the public order, protecting domestic tranquility, not creating trouble. they're supposed to be helping to protect against. these guys, these nuts come on and say i need my gun to fight my government. >> yeah. no, that's the police department, your state police, the national guard, and under -- i can't even imagine the circumstance. that's why we have the army. this is -- it's an absurdity, quite frankly, and the wonderful thing about america is people can believe whatever they want to believe, and i do respect that. what we're talking about is human life. what we're talking about is protecting children and adults, and whether it's on the streets of philadelphia or new york or chicago or atlanta or in a classroom in newtown, connecticut, people want to be safe. you know, it's interesting, chris, that in the aftermath of 9/11, americans were willing to take on any number of of what some might consider inconveniences or even, you know, some restriction on our freedoms because if you want to fly on an airplane, you have to take off almost all of your clothes, including your shoes. a guy had a bomb in his shoe and now we're all taking our shoes off. so people want to be safe. this is not, as you said earlier, this is not about grand pop's shotgun. this is not about the tradition. and you're from philly, and we know that the traditions there are in philadelphia. fathers and mothers take sons and daughters shooting deer or bear or birds or something like that. these are people who kill people. it's the only purpose of these high capacity weapons. >> mayor -- >> weapons of mass destruction that are shooting down innocent children and other adults in cities all across the united states of america, and some reasonable regulations and some reasonable gun safety training and trigger locks and lockers and providing programs for those who may have some mental health challenges, but there is no reason for a civilian to have an automatic weapon. >> here is another point of view. you talked about people having a right to their own. >>>s. take a look at what u.s. congressman louie gohmert said about what would have prevented those deaths in newtown, connecticut. let's watch louie gohmert in action here. >> i wish to god she had had an m-4 in her office locked up so when she heard gunfire, she pulls it out and she didn't have to lunge heroically with nothing in her hands but she takes him out, takes his head off before he can kill those precious kids. >> mark, and then mayor nutter, the argument from the nra side, not yet official but from that point of view on the gun owner's side is if we only had more people with guns, including teachers and school officials packing heat during school hours, that we wouldn't have people coming in with impunity and kill them. >> we work with survivors all the time, including people who you are in the theater in aurora. they will tell you exactly what police will tell you, which is that putting more guns in a dark theater, a street corner, most often in hands that have not been trained like police officers have, are not going to make a situation more safe. most of the public doesn't believe that. >> mayor, do you think it's right for teachers in philly or anywhere else to have guns? >> no one is suggesting that the anywhere and it's unfortunate that the gentleman thinks that. that comes from watching too much television. he probably also thinks that many people can shoot the gun out of someone's hand or, you know, shoot it across the floor and all this other kind of stuff like butch cassidy and the sundance kid or something. that would have only led to more death and destruction, more bullets flying around, and whether it's in the classroom, whether it was in a theater, in tucson, out in a parking lot. can you imagine if everybody literally as we call it at least here, if everybody is strapped an everybody is pulling out, you know, their weapon of choice, you're just going to have more bullets flying all around. it's about safety. no one has yet to be able to explain why someone needs the kind of high. howered weapons that that individual in connecticut had np now we're seeing more and more people with body armor. so he was prepared not only to do what he did apparently, which was to kill his own mother and then shoot down 20 kids and 6 adults, but then possibly take on the police, law enforcement who showed up with body armor before he killed himself. >> let's listen -- we have to hear from the other side. let's hear the irrational side. here is wayne lapierre who i used to think was okay. here is what he says about the president's conspiracy to take away our guns. here he was, this is wayne lapierre talking at the c pac convention last year. i think it was last year. let's listen to him. >> the president will offer the second amendment lip service and hit the campaign trail saying he's actually been good for the second amendment. but it's a big fat stinking lie, just like all the other lies that have come out of this corrupt administration. [ cheers and applause ] it's all part, it's all part of a massive obama conspiracy to deceive voters and hide his true intentions, to destroy the second amendment in our country. >> mark, he hadn't done a thing at this point. the terrible language. he's gotten worse over the years. this is the kind of language we were getting from newt gingrich and sununu, this personal attack on obama for things he didn't even do. >> i have three thoughts about that. the first is that any democrat in congress or around this country that accepts money from the nra ought to be ashamed of themselves after they say things like that about a democratic president. the second thing is that, you know, they said all of that after barack obama did nothing during his administration other than expand the gun rights. >> being barack obama was enough for them. we've got to go. this isn't even a debate anymore. mr. mayor -- >> chris, the one thing -- >> quickly. >> the one thing i would say quickly about him, i would dare him to say that to the parents of those children in connecticut or any other mother or father that's lost someone because of these weapons on the street. he should be ashamed of himself. >> thank you, mayor michael nutter of philadelphia, head of the u.s. conference of mayors and mark glazer. thank you. >>> we all remember how president obama bombed in that first debate with mitt romney. now we know just what the obama campaign did to try to control the damage after the first one. that's one of the new details out of the campaign in the new politico ebook, the end of the line. it's authors join us next. this is "hardball," the place for politics. omnipotent of opportunity. you know how to mix business... with business. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle. and go. you can even take a full-size or above. and still pay the mid-size price. i could get used to this. 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so this year, every hasbro toy donated to toys for tots will be powered by duracell. happy holidays. duracell with duralock. trusted everywhere. >>> we're back. the first presidential debate will go down in history books for president obama's disastrous performance. this week new details are emerging aecision making that l to it and followed. . his poor performance in denver. that and other behind the scenes details are revealed in politico's new ebook called "the end of the lynn." the co-authors are here with the scoop on the final weeks of the 2012 campaign. first of all, all i care about learning tonight and i'm face nated with it is how could the president be so darn good in the second and third debates and even biden was very good, very good, and the president was so terrible -- he even accused me of having a stroke i was so excited about how bad it was. as ax said he didn't have to watch television to hear what i was saying on ms. glen, i i understand from an inside source was what happened was they prepared him to go in tough, he had the attack lines and zingers and a small circle got around him and said cool it. that was henne cabot lodge getting to nixon at the end and ruining his strategy at the last minute. so your thoughts, knowledge in reporting this, was there a strong aggressive strategy in place that the president was then told not to use? >> it was actually henry cabot lodge again who did this one, too. no -- >> he's back. >> they went into this in august. they had sort of the bible of the debates are these memos that they mr. and then they alter and in august they came up with a memo that was all about holding romney accountable for trying to move to the center. axelrod says we're not going to let him do this centrist riff, him to this centrist rift. then the 47% happened. and that small group around obama, axelrod particularly, david plouffe less so a little bit. ron clain less so. we have to make this guy look presidential. romney's killing himself. we don't need to be -- the word they kept using was caustic. so they gave him contradictory advice. he was conflicted. at one point before he left for that disastrous debate prep in nevada, he said i don't know what i'm doing here. you're giving me contradictory advice. >> jonathan, here's a tough question. maybe you don't know the answer to this. john kerry was the head of the debate team. he was the guy playing him. was he part of the team that said get tough and other guys overruled him later? what happened? >> i will refer to glen. generally that john kerry was not blamed by the president or the president's high command for his poor denver debate performance. they said kerry did his job effectively. and the proof of that, chris, is the fact that john kerry is about to become secretary of state. >> were they tough? were they having the president go after the other guy like he should have? or were they softening up? how would you sbrieb the preparation? >> kerry was more of an actor than a screen writer in this. and the thing they were really worried about, they thought kerry was going to play paddy cake with obama in order to become secretary of state. and in the first preparations at the dnc in washington, he was really soft on obama. but it turned out obama is just not the kind of guy you can walk up to and call a failure to his face. i think that holds true with every president in these practice sessions. obama particularly. >> guess who did? romney did. >> romney did. >> so check me on this. i have a sense he had never been talked to with such lack of deference for four years. then with all this phony civility talked to him like a lesser being. and that drove the president crazy. your thoughts glen then john on that. the way he disdained him in that debate. >> clain and axelrod and plouffe came up to kerry saying you got to start hitting this guy. that's what happened. and in nevada when they got to that disastrous debate prep in nevada, you know, we report that this one 30-minute session was just a shellacking in which they called him a failure repeatedly. they hoped it to waken him up, but it didn't. >> i will never forget while he was taking notes. for future debates? it drove me crazy. because the president is so smart. why would the romney people who had the highest paid staffers in the history of national campaigning, they're all big business pros. fehrnstrom always seemed start. they told this guy he was going to win. what happened? you first. >> they emphatically thought they were going to win. in fact one of his closest advisers says if you didn't think we were going to win, they're lying to you. the
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nbc colleague, the great chief foreign correspondent richard engel and his crew are free after being held captive in syria for five days. they were abducted by a group of gunman after they drove through what they thought was rebel controlled territory. they escaped during a fire fight and they safely reached turkey today. this morning on the "today" show engel described the kinds of things he and his crew were subjected to by their kidnappers. >> they kept us blindfolded, bound. we weren't physically beaten or tortured. it was a lot of psychological torture, threats of being killed. they made us choose which one of us would be shot first and when we refused, there were mock shootings. >> mock shootings. richard engel is back with us. he's one of the best reporters around the world regularly risking his life to report from war zones across the middle east. we're very happy he's safe and sound tonight, and we'll be right back. i always wait until the last minute. can i still ship a gift in time for christmas? yeah, sure you can. great. where's your gift? uh... whew. [ male announcer ]
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, threatened for five days. american journalist lives to tell that story. richard engel and his crew were captured last thursday after crossing into northwest syria from turkey. they suffered psychological torture. >> they took us to a series of safe houses and interrogation places, and they kept us blindfolded, bound, we weren't physically beaten or tortured. it was a lot of psychological torture, threats of being killed. they made us choose which one of us would be shot first. when we refused there were mock shootings. they pretended to shoot gazi, when you're blindfolded and they fire the gun up in the air it can be a traumatic experience. at the end of this, we were being moved to yet another location in the -- around 11:00 last night local time, and as we were moving along the road, the kidnappers came across a rebel check point something he hadn't expected. we were in the back of what you think of as a minivan. as we were driving along the road, the kidnappers saw this checkpoint, started a gunfight with it, two of the kidnappers were killed. we climbed out of the vehicle and the re
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hail of gunfire, after being five days in syria. richard engel and his crew. details coming in. >>> new, two little sandy hook boys laid to rest in emotional tribute. a heartbreaking mother's salute, saying the sky is crying. th this, as the rest of the students in newtown head back to school. we're live on the scene. >>> winter weather slam. 100-mile-per-hour winds slam the northwest. this tree lands inches from a baby's crib. now, blizzard warnings up, as a major storm is set to snarl holiday travel across the northwest. sam is tracking it all. >>> and two of the most famous stars in the world say "you're the one that i want" again. >> why don't we do a whole album? >> that's a terrific idea. >> travolta and newton-john, reuniting for the holidays. only on "gma." >>> good morning, america. hello to robin, recovering at home. elizabeth vargas is here. so much of our attention is still on newtown. more funerals are planned for today. >> it's unclear when the elementary school survivors will be able to go back to the classroom. this school in a nearby town is being readied for t
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held for five days in syria, now free unharmed. nbc says richard engel and his crew, safe and out of the country. nick paton walsh following this story. a dramatic series of event. >> engel's crew crossed into syria on thursday. nothing was heard. no ransom request, no contact. until they appeared to be free on monday. subsequently emerges, they were picked up, mr. engel says, by a men in ski masks. 15 of them, who leapt out of the bushes and took his team as hostages. they were moved around the country in the back of an open pickup, blind folded and bound, but otherwise not harmed. they were transferred to another location. this all happening in the north of syria. now, during that journey, they seem to have come across a group of rebels called the atar al sham brigade, who entered into a gun fight with their captors. it caused the nbc team to be free. >> no physical harm. but psychological farm. fa harm. fake executions, asking them which one of them they would like to be executed first. >> they believe that there was a reb regime to the loyalty. mr. engel has gone on to say tha
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chief foreign correspondent, richard engel, held captive in syria since thursday, has been freed in a firefight. martha raddatz has details from washington. what a dramatic escape. >> reporter: it certainly is. richard is a very experienced foreign correspondent. and he had been inside syria before. he and his crew were grabbed after crossing into northwest syria last thursday. there had been no communication with them, no contact, no ransom demands. they were thrown in the back of a truck, bound and blindfolded, although, not physically harmed. then, yesterday, the captors were moving them to a new location, they were stopped at a rebel checkpoint. there was a confrontation. and then, the firefight broke out. in that firefight, two of the captors were killed and several others escaped. but richard and his crew were rescued. the syrian rebels then drove him to the border to safety. all are in good health, fortunately. george? >> thank goodness for that. what do we know about the group that took them hostage? >> we know very little about the group. but they were not believed to be loya
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